Saturday, October 3, 2009
Update on Sept. 30, 2014: Although this post features 2010 calendars, most of the companies noted have 2015 versions available now; the links have been updated to point to the new calendars.
Talk about a market niche that's exploded! I wrote about Agendas for a Mom back in 2007, but there are a huge number of products targeted at mothers now. (Note: They all use the words mom or family, never dad or parents. Hmm.) Calendars.com has a whole category dedicated to calendars for moms - and there are a number that the site doesn't have, too! So let's take a look at some of what's out there - calendars and planners that are specifically designed to track multiple family members
1. I've always liked Sandra Boynton's work - so I'll start with her calendar. This is the wall calendar; she also has a desk planner. And if you're in the U.K., you can get a version that says Mum's Family Calendar. [image from calendars.com]
2. I've written about the BusyBodyBook before - and it still looks like a great option, with room to track five people's schedules. You have your choice of formats, too: a spiral-bound planner, a weekly grid pad, or a wall calendar. Update on Sept. 30, 2014: It seems these products are no longer in production.
3. The Mom's Manager wall calendar has a large grid; it's intended for families of up to six people. [image from calendars.com]
4. The Family Facts wall calendar has large boxes and color-coded rows. The company also has a spiral-bound planner. [via OrgJunkie]
5. The Mom's Plan-It calendar accommodates up to five family members. [image from calendars.com]
6. The Time Too family trackers look very nice. The wall calendar for 2009-2010 is already sold out, but the monthly portfolio planner is still available. [via Cool Mom Picks]
7. MomAgenda is another company I've written about before - and it's worth another mention.
8. Organised Mum has a number of family calendars, with columns to accommodate six family members.
9. Another option is the whoMi color-coded family wall calendar. Update on Sept. 30, 2014: It seems this calendar is no longer being produced.
10. Graphique de France has the Kim Parker Family Organizer - as well as the Peanuts Family Calendar. Update on Sept. 30, 2014: Graphique de France is no longer publishing family calendars or organizers.
11. The Metropolitan Museum of Art also has a family organizer wall calendar; while there's no picture of the interior, the museum says it has five columns for each day. Update on Sept. 30. 2014: The museum is not longer publishing a family organizer.
12. And from Australia we have the Steve Parish family organiser calendar. Update on Oct. 28, 2010: Steve Parish has many calendars, but I don't see a family calendar for 2011.
13. Amnesty International also sells a 5-column family calendar.
14. BrownTrout makes a lot of calendars - including this family organizer for moms.
And here are a couple calendars that don't specifically have room for multiple people, but accommodate families in other ways.
15. A product called simply The Family Planner leaves you lots of room for dinner planning - and other things.
16. The More Time Moms wall calendar has large squares and comes with lots of stickers for special events. [via OrgJunkie]